The Errant Hours
My first novel, The Errant Hours, was published in 2015, and has been named one of the 100 Must-Read Medieval Novels by Book Riot.
“Welsh Marches, July 1284—the uprising in Wales is over, the leader gruesomely executed, the dead are buried. But for Illesa Arrowsmith, the war’s aftermath is just as brutal. When her brother is thrown into the Forester’s prison on false charges, she is left impoverished and alone. All Illesa has left is the secret manuscript entrusted to her—a book so powerful it can save lives, a book so valuable that its discovery could lead to her death.”
The Errant Hours is on the Reading List for Medieval Women’s Fiction at Bangor University, Wales.
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From an obscure Forester’s prison in a Shropshire valley, to Stokesay, Clun and Criccieth Castles, and from the humble village church of Eaton-under-Heywood to Wenlock Priory, the reader follows Illesa on her perilous course to the western reaches of medieval Britain, and the holy shrine of Bardsey Island.
lleyn peninsula in 13th century
Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice
“Kate Innes’s glorious first novel is a lyrical joy. Up there with the best of Pat Bracewell and Elizabeth Chadwick, it offers utter immersion in an intricate, plausible world. A must read for the autumn.”
“The Errant Hours is a beautifully crafted epic tale of adventure, love and courage, worthy of the greatest Medieval Minstrels. A perfect read around a crackling fire.”
“A skilful mix of stories and an intricate and very gripping narrative. I enjoyed it immensely.”
Dr Henrietta Leyser – University of Oxford
“Immaculately researched and beautifully written, this is also a rollicking historical adventure which will grip you to the last page.”
“A very fine novel. The narrative itself is gripping and the background historical and theological context gives added depth and nuance.”
Wenlock Priory – a Cluniac house (photo by Grahamec)
Acton Burnell Castle
Criccieth Castle – Wales
St Edith’s Church – Eaton-under-Heywood, Shropshire
Stokesay Castle, Shropshire (photo by Andrew Matthewson)
Bardsey Island from Lleyn Peninsula – Wales
Bardsey Island from Lleyn Peninsula